The power of God’s word (a meditation)

“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish all that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” ~ Isaiah 55:11

God’s word is a powerful and unstoppable force.

With his word he created almost everything we see, and with those things which he created in a different manner (animal and human) he used the substance of what he spoke into existence (the ground; Genesis 1-2).

Jesus, God the Son, is called the Word by John. As such, the God-Word shows us the grace and glory of the Father through the written words about and from him (John 1:1-18, 5:39, and 2 Timothy 3:16-17). And it is by the word of his power that he sustains the very universe created by him, through him, and for him (Colossians 1:15-17, Hebrews 1:1-3).

It is the word of God which speaks life into spiritually dead hearts. The Holy Spirit working in tandem with the gospel of Jesus to bring new birth, new life to those dead in sin (John 3:1-16, 1 Peter 1:22-25).

The word cuts to the very core of our being, exposing the darkness (Hebrews 4:12-13). And though this word rebukes us, it also teaches, corrects, and trains us that we might live lives fully devoted to God and growing in his grace (2 Timothy 3:14-17).

The word is our sword in the spiritual battles, helping us to resist the power of Satan and sin (Ephesians 6:13-20). And with his word, the sword from his mouth, Jesus will defeat his and his people’s enemies when he returns (2 Thessalonians 2:8, Revelation 19:13-15).

God’s word is a powerful and unstoppable force, meant to make us stand in awe of the One who speaks life, bringing us joy and peace and healing (Isaiah 55:10-13).

This post is part of our ongoing journey through the Bible as a church.

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